Vacancy: Team Leader - Finance

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has an exciting opportunity for a senior, experienced, financial accountant to join the team.

If you are a resilient, energic and a professional accountant with an aptitude for systems this role may be for you.  

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR), is the governing body of the thoroughbred racing industry in New Zealand and we represent the interests of thoroughbred industry stakeholders.  


NZTR exists to provide the thoroughbred racing industry with leadership and direction by:  

a) Ensuring that the thoroughbred code is effectively administered; 

b) Determining its strategic direction; and

c) Ensuring its health and competitiveness with other sports and entertainment options. 


NZTR is also responsible for developing all racing industry training programmes in New Zealand and operates a number of dedicated apprentice schools across the country.  


The role of Team Leader Finance is based in Wellington and is key to assisting NZTR achieve its goals and commitments to the thoroughbred industry and associated stakeholders.  The role requires you to demonstrate leadership in financial management for all finance functions including mentoring and guiding other financial team members to meet best practice standards.

Key result areas of this role include:

Successful delivery of the day to day finance functions of AP/AR, cashflow management, debt management and stakeholder settlements.

• Ownership of the balance sheet; reconciliation and reporting thereon.

• Preparation of monthly financial reporting and forecasting.

• Assistance with the preparation of the annual budget, financial compliance documents and annual financial accounts.

• Oversee the annual financial audits.

• Preparation and filing of all tax returns.

• Provision of advice on accounting standards, measurement and recognition.

• Encourage and guide your team members to meet best practice performance standards.

• Manage the performance and development expectations of your team members.

The finance team currently consists of four professionals who oversee the settlement of racing transactions, stakeholder queries and debt management, accounts payable, accounts receivable and management reporting.  Systems accounting will be added to this mix of responsibilities as NZTR embarks on a digital transformation programme.  


Please find here a full position description.


If you are interested in this role please provide a cover letter, your resume and two reference contacts to [email protected] attention Karen Larsen.  Applications will be close November 21st 2019.



Transport Manager – Cambridge

Majestic Horse Floats has been established since 1938 and is New Zealand’s leading provider of transport to the equine industry.  To ensure our national market leading presence, our Waikato operation, based in Cambridge, requires a manager to enhance our relationships with our customer base and to coach and mentor our driving team.

Key responsibilities:-

  • Efficient allocations to our driving team for their daily work task

  • Communications with our customer base re loading/unloading times.

  • Monitoring of the Waikato based fleet to maintain compliance with all LTSA requirements, staff performance, and leave planning with a focus on health and safety.

Ideally you come from within our industry.  You must have a flexible can-do attitude, as no two days are the same and we operate 7 days per week.

To express interest, please forward your CV to:

Ward Austin
CEO Majestic Horse Floats
[email protected]

Chief Executive Officer (for the full job description click here)

We are advertising this position due to the upcoming retirement of the current Chief Executive Officer at the Cambridge Jockey Club. The position is full-time, fixed term for two years.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible to the President and the Committee of the Cambridge Jockey Club for delivering on its defined strategic direction. The CEO is also responsible for managing the strategic and ongoing business requirements of the Club, including ultimate responsibility for the management of day-to-day operations. It is important that the successful candidate will be able to relate well to the New Zealand thoroughbred racing industry, including leading a talented and committed team and working with a diverse stakeholder group. The CEO will undertake these responsibilities, as delegated by the Committee, in accordance with directions and policies established by the Committee, as well as being committed to the values and purpose of the Cambridge Jockey Club.

For the position description and an application form, please email [email protected] Or phone Gayle on (07) 827-6004 extn 4. All enquiries will be treated confidentially. 

Applications, covering letter and an appropriate CV should be forwarded to Cambridge Jockey Club, PO Box 329, Cambridge or [email protected]Applications should be marked “Confidential” and attention Chief Executive Officer. These will be treated in the strictest confidence. Applications close at 5.00 pm on Thursday, 31st October 2019.

Curator/Track & Facilities Manager (for the full job description click here)

Position Purpose: The Counties Racing Club is an established Thoroughbred Racing and Training venue based at Pukekohe Park. The current 2019/2020 Season is a milestone for the Club as it celebrates its Centennial in May 2020 The Curator/Track and Facilities Manager is responsible for leading the team that provides the maintenance and management of the Clubs four turf tracks, sand track, plough track and other horse training related infrastructure as well as the grounds and Park surrounds and all the Parks facilities (excluding the motor racing circuit). The Track and Facilities Manager will be involved in liaison with various departments from NZTR, in particular the Racing Integrity Unit and other related parties to ensure the Club is best placed to continually attract the patronage, be that with Trainers or NZTR, that allows the Club to meet its Strategic Plan.

Some of the key areas include:

·         Leading the team that provide high-quality range of services, including tracks for racing and training activities

·         Maintaining all tracks to the standard as set out by in the NZTR guidelines

·         Provide customer focused safe surfaces for Trainers at Pukekohe Park

·         Directing the team to conduct the Clubs race meetings

·         Liaising with contractors and/or suppliers in relation to tracks maintenance

·         Work in collaboration with the Clubs other Managers; Administration, Marketing and Sponsorship, Events & Motor circuit          

If you are interested in this position, please contact Greg Mitchell [email protected]

Baker / Forsman Racing Stables
Cambridge Foreperson

A vacancy exists for a Foreperson in the leading racing stable in NZ, situated in Cambridge.  It would suit a person with knowledge of the horse industry.  The applicant would need great organisational skill and experience in supervising staff.

The salary would reflect the importance of the position.

If you want a glimpse into working for the Baker / Forsman Racing Stable, see LOVERACING.NZ's video with their Strappers Aleisha Legg and Emilia Putkinen here.

Contact: To apply or for more information contact [email protected], or Andrew Forsman 027 553 3773 or Murray Baker 027 446 3381
Baker / Forsman Racing Stables
Cambridge Stablehand

A vacancy exists for Stablehand personnel.  It is a full-time position with 5.5 days working per week.  It would suit a person with knowledge of the horse industry and could lead to further roles and a career in the horse industry.

The salary would reflect the importance of the position.

Contact: To apply or for more information contact [email protected], or Andrew Forsman 027 553 3773
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We welcome thoroughbred racing industry role advertisements on this page - if you have a role that supports the breeding or racing of thoroughbreds, please get in touch with us via details below.

Contact: Mary Burgess, Corporate Communications & Media Advisor